Fugitive breaks into Police HQ yard to steal bike, court told

Friday February 21, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
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Ngatokotoru Nicholas was unhappy at being stopped by police and having his bike seized after he refused a breathalyser test – so he allegedly took the law into his own hands.

Nicholas escaped the police station early on Saturday morning, police say. He broke through the fence around the station – and stole another confiscated motorbike to escape on.

He didn’t get far – and yesterday, he appeared in the High Court charged with refusing a breathalyser and intent to injure. He was granted bail by JP Carmen Temata.

After the initial escape from custody, defence lawyer Mark Short said he had been unwilling to apply for bail. But yesterday he obtained a letter from Nicholas’ employer, a construction company owner.

He said Nicholas was a skilful young man and he was willing to ensure that Nicholas followed the court’s bail conditions.

Short said this would ensure his client did not reoffend, and it was in the best interests of his client that he resumed work.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa did not object to bail.

Nicholas’ bail conditions are; curfew between 7pm-6am, to reside in Tupapa, not to consume or purchase alcohol and also not to enter any liquor licence premises.

The case is adjourned to April 9.

motorbikes STOCKPILE

Police are dealing with about 30 impounded motorbikes, that are cluttering an alleyway behind the Police Headquarters.

The stockpile of bikes has been at the station for some years now, spokesperson Trevor Pitt said.

They were dealing with bikes whose owners weren’t known – but they couldn’t legally disposed of them until all avenues to return them were completely exhausted.

This was proving to be time-consuming for some bikes, Pitt said, as their engine numbers did not match the number plates.

These bikes were probably stolen, he said.

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